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Pupil Premium

Please see below for our most recent Pupil Premium Reports (produced annually). For previous reports, please see the links in the menu.

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

To check whether your child may be eligible for FSM or Pupil Premium, please view the 'Free School Meals FAQs' document on this page for the full criteria. You can apply easily by visiting

Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is a government initiative that provides schools with additional funding for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Research shows that students from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is therefore provided in order to reduce the attainment gap and support students in achieving their maximum potential.

The premium is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.  Funding is also received for students who have been in local authority care for more than six months, are adopted or under special guardianship, and students who are children of service personnel.  Students who are in any of these three categories are referred to as ‘disadvantaged’.

The government is not instructing schools on how they should spend this money.  However, it is clear that strategies to support students in raising their achievement and attainment will need to be employed and schools will be accountable for this. Funding can potentially be used for 1:1 tuition, educational visits, or resources and equipment. Please understand that every funding decision is made on a case by case basis, taking into account the priorities and progress of each student before contributions can be made. 

For a detailed explanation of how Dene Magna uses its funding annually, please see the attached ‘Pupil Premium Strategy Reports’. Within these documents, you will also find information on how our Pupil Premium students have performed in GCSE results, as well as evaluation and impact analysis of the strategies we have used across the school.

The staff and governors at Dene Magna accept responsibility for those students recognised as ‘disadvantaged’ and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs.  Every student is valued, respected and entitled to develop to meet his/her potential.

If you have any other queries about the Pupil Premium, do not hesitate to contact the school through the usual means of communication.

PP Lead Contact Details:

Natasha Cook